Brumskine Loses Propaganda War
-Campaign For Elections Rerun Ignored
-October Polls Results Get Global Approval
-Security Council Warns Against Incitement
From all indications, it is almost clear that sustained media and legal propaganda war launched in October against the National Elections Commission (NEC) by Liberty Party’s disgruntled Standard Bearer and its aggrieved allies appears not to be resonating at home and abroad, particularly amongst international actors; the Public Agenda looks at latest statement from UN Security Council and Reports.Four standard bearers, led by Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine of the Liberty Party, including Vice President Joseph N. Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP); Benoni W. Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP) and Alexander Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) are protesting results of Liberia’s October 10, 2017 presidential and legislative polls.
Cllr. Brumskine, lead campaigner against the polls’ results is calling for rerun of the entire elections for what he and his collaborators claimed to be “massive systematic fraud and irregularity”, although NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya and all accredited election observers (local and international) disproved allegation of fraud as being paraded by the aggrieved party leaders.
While NEC’s hearing officer was probing the fraud allegation and at the same time allowing the electoral body to prepare for a runoff election between the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the ruling UP, Cllr. Brumskine quickly ran to the Supreme Court to put halt the any electoral activity, including the planned runoff.
The high court granted Cllr. Brumskine’s petition and a stay order was placed on all electoral activities until all election fraud related cases at the Commission were adjudicated; however, the slow pace of these legal proceedings were gradually dragging Liberia into an unwanted constitutional crisis which political thinkers and other local and international actors believe could cost Liberia more.
AU, ECOWAS and UNMIL have issued a joint statement followed by the EU, the US Embassy near Monrovia and the latest from UN Security Council; all pointing to one thing, support to the rule of law and runoff election; they have also dismissed allegation of “massive systematic fraud” as claimed by the protesting parities.
However, members of the Security Council have called upon leaders of all political parties to continue to refrain from incitement of followers toward any violent action.
The UN Body in the statement congratulated the Liberian people and Government as well as political leaders, civil society organizations, and the media, for the peaceful conduct of the October 10 presidential and Representative elections.
It also commended international partners and UNMIL for their support in elections preparation, and applauded the role of international, regional, and domestic election observation missions for their contributions to the transparency of the electoral process.
As if totally satisfied with the process, the UN Body also commended Liberia’s NEC for the conduct of “an expeditious tallying process and timely announcement of results.”
Members of the Security Council commended the government political parties, and the NEC for the use of established legal mechanisms to address complaints over the conduct of the October 10 election.
But called on Liberian claimants and institutions to resolve any disputes, including pending litigation, in an appropriate, fair, transparent, and expeditious manner with a view to permit the timely conclusion of Liberia’s electoral process and a peaceful transition of power to a new president in accordance with timelines outlined in Liberia’s Constitution.
The Security Council members accentuated calls for all political parties to continue to refrain from incitement of followers toward any violent action, noting the importance of a credible and peaceful second round presidential election and called upon Liberians to ensure the elections are free, fair, credible, and transparent, including through the full participation of women.
Meanwhile the group reiterated that the responsibility for the preparation, security and conduct of free, fair and transparent elections rests with the Liberian authorities and called on international partners to continue to support Liberian authorities, including through deployment of international electoral observers, with a view to ensuring the credibility of the second round of elections.
Despite all these warnings, Cllr. Brumskine on Thursday appeared before the Board of Commissioners at the NEC demanding a rerun of the entire elections.